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Old 07-16-2002, 01:12 PM   #1
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WHAT is Promenade about?

It's such a disconnected song, but my guess is sex. (Watch it be about nuclear war, or something serious like that. )

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Old 07-16-2002, 03:44 PM   #2
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I think it's a love song. The way it starts out:

Earth sky sea and rain
Is she coming back again


indicates a strong attachment, as powerful as nature, to the "she" (probably Ali, right? ) that Bono is talking about.

Later:

And I like a firework explode
Roman candle lightning lights up the sky


Um, yeah. Okay. This part is probably about sex.

I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now behind the face?
Oh, tell me...
Charity, dance with me
Turn me around tonight


"Closer now behind the face" may refer to a new deepening of the relationship. Combined with the previous 2 passages, I'd say that it's like the consummation of a marriage.

So that's basically what "Promenade" is about, I think. So maybe it is about sex. But sex *and* love. We should all be so lucky.
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Truly a beautiful song.
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I think it's a love song. The way it starts out:

Earth sky sea and rain
Is she coming back again


indicates a strong attachment, as powerful as nature, to the "she" (probably Ali, right? ) that Bono is talking about.

Later:

And I like a firework explode
Roman candle lightning lights up the sky


Um, yeah. Okay. This part is probably about sex.

I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now behind the face?
Oh, tell me...
Charity, dance with me
Turn me around tonight


"Closer now behind the face" may refer to a new deepening of the relationship. Combined with the previous 2 passages, I'd say that it's like the consummation of a marriage.

So that's basically what "Promenade" is about, I think. So maybe it is about sex. But sex *and* love. We should all be so lucky.
I agree completely!
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Old 07-16-2002, 08:52 PM   #5
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I agree with Paxetaurora- I see Promenade as a song about Bono's love for Ali. And regarding these lines: Up through spiral staircase / To the higher ground, I read somewhere that a spiral staircase leads to Bono and Ali's bedroom.
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love and sex, that's what I thought. thanks for the opinions.

It is a beautiful song, so haunting.
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It's my favorite song from UF.
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I like this song toooo!
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Re: WHAT is Promenade about?

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It's such a disconnected song, but my guess is sex. (Watch it be about nuclear war, or something serious like that. )
how many bands can you really get confused between nuclear bombs and sex? gah, u2
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how many bands can you really get confused between nuclear bombs and sex?
Hehe, that's why I love U2. Such a combination of the physical, earthyness of humanity, and the intangible of the world. Gah is right!
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how many bands can you really get confused between nuclear bombs and sex? gah, u2
That's what I'm saying! lol.
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I love Promenade so very much. Anyway, it is a song Bono wrote for/about Ali/love. Not that there can't be more than one meaning to a U2 song. Ha! But when they were first married, Ali and Bono had a place in Bray, which is near Dublin. If you've ever been there, you really get the feel of the song - it's definitely a "seaside town." If I recall correctly, the house was a former lighthouse. And yes, there was a sort of skylight in the bedroom from which you could see the stars. (I'm got much of this from a book Bill Graham wrote, by the way. Heh heh. I only wish I had been in the bedroom.) Anyway, the song is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Fantastic imagery. ("And I, like a firework, explode" ... )
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Old 08-20-2002, 04:13 PM   #14
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Promenade

Madonna's Child: Promenade was written in one night at Bono's house. Bono had a large round house on the seashore next to a boardwalk and amusement park. It was a holiday and the boardwalk and park were full of people and there were fireworks. Bono just wrote the lyrics as he watched all the activity. The home had a skylight and a spiral staircase which led to the bedroom.
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Is it "men of straw sneak a whore"?
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It's "men of straw, snooker hall."

There could be whores hanging around said snooker hall, of course.
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There could be whores hanging around said snooker hall, of course.
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It's "men of straw, snooker hall."

There could be whores hanging around said snooker hall, of course.
Why men of straw, snooker hall? Doesn't make sense to me. Sneak a whore does though!
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It’s right about in my top 10 U2 songs
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